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Voting for Rotary Club of Orangeville Highlands’s Rotary Community Choice Grants is Now Open!

Members of the Rotary Club of Orangeville Hylands
Members of the Rotary Club of Orangeville Hylands with a St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock that was put up at the Lord Dufferin Centre in Orangeville.

On March 17, voting opened up for the Rotary Club of Orangeville Highlands Rotary Community Choice Grants. In this new program, designed to help smaller and less known organizations get funding, the public can select up to three local nonprofits and charities to receive $1000. The three organizations that obtain the most votes would be the grant beneficiaries.

“All nonprofits are all struggling right now,” said Michele Fisher, Chair of the Rotary Grants Committee. “We especially want to help the ‘little guys,’ where $1,000 can make a real difference in their programming.”

To have been eligible for the Rotary Community Choice grants, organizations have to have fulfilled a set of criteria related put forth by Rotary while also demonstrating a genuine need for the funding. Furthermore, the registered nonprofit or charity must serve Orangeville residents, although it does not need to be based within the town’s limits. All in all, twenty-eight of the nominated organizations successfully passed the eligibility review. The public made their nominations in the second half of February.

“We were blown away by the community’s response,” stated Fisher. “Through the nominations, we learned about a lot of services operating below-the-radar that are providing critical help to people in our town.”

“The new Rotary Community Choice Grants program aims to put the power in the hands of the people to help local nonprofits that are closest to their hearts.”

The organizations that one can vote on are:

  • Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle
  • Headwaters Communities In Action
  • KidSport Orangeville & District
  • Caledon Townhall Players
  • Believe Bags
  • Active Lives After School Dufferin
  • Celebrate Your Awesome
  • IODE Headwaters Chapter Orangeville
  • Youth Unlimited YFC Highlands
  • Soup Sisters Dufferin
  • God’s Closet Orangeville
  • Theatre Orangeville – Creative Partners on Stage
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dufferin & District
  • Dufferin Parent Support Network
  • Fiddlehead Care Farm
  • Cafe @ The Centre
  • Orangeville Music Theatre
  • Dufferin Youth Shelter
  • Dufferin County Canadian Black Association
  • Autism Speaks Canada – Orangeville
  • Community Living Dufferin
  • Orangeville Food Bank
  • Family Transition Place
  • Shine Through the Rain Foundation
  • IODE Yellow Briar
  • Ontario SPCA and Humane Society Orangeville and District Animal Centre
  • Streams Community Hub
  • Alzheimer Society of Dufferin County

One can find more information on the organizations on the Rotary Club of Orangeville Hyland’s website. To vote, click here.

The voting period for the Rotary Community Choice Grants closes on March 24. In the event of a tie, the beneficiary will be decided by a random draw. In addition to the three organizations that obtained the most votes, the Rotary Grants Committee will be choosing two more nonprofits to receive $1000. This is meant to help ‘smaller nonprofits that do not have a large social media following.’ 

“Our local nonprofits have been doing an incredible job of serving the community throughout the pandemic, all while struggling financially themselves. We hope that these grants help at a time when they need them the most,” said Fisher.

At this time, over one thousand people have voted. Rotary Club of Orangeville Highlands’s Rotary Community Choice Grant recipients are slated to be announced by March 31.

Note: Updated on March 19, 1:00 am to include further comments and information provided by the Rotary Club of Orangeville Highlands.

Rotary Club of Orangeville Highlands


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